The Sea Pines Resort

GEO Certified® 09/2015
Hilton Head,
South Carolina, United States
Telephone: 866-561-8802

Hilton Head Island is a unique coastal community in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and is home to 22 golf courses. It has hosted the RBC Heritage PGA TOUR event at Harbour Town Golf Links in the Sea Pines Resort since 1969, when Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event. However, it’s a golf community like no other, and it all started with the vision of Charles Fraser and the development of Sea Pines. All design and development prioritizes the natural environment and places built structures as secondary to the beauty of the serene marshes, bea…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Heron Point by Pete Dye (18 holes, 7058 yards, year opened 1964)
Ocean Course (18 holes, 6906 yards, year opened 1962)
Harbour Town Links (18 holes, year opened 1969)
1 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
2 Clubhouse(s)


Located at the south end of Hilton Head Island lies Sea Pines Resort, a golf,tennis and beach destination nestled in a coastal Low Country environment that has been protected to stay as pristine as possible. Having three award winning golf courses and keeping the environment as natural as possible is a challenge but has been accomplished by utilizing as much natural vegetation on the course as possible and picking turf grasses that are most suitable for the climate conditions. The environment is always a top priority when changes are made to the course, to prevent pollution from run-off and disturbing wildlife. It is not just golf that is protective of the environment, the entire property follows lighting guidelines to prevent light pollution at night which could disturb endangered nesting sea turtles. one of the common pollutants around golf courses and resorts, cigarette butts, have been virtually eliminated by not allowing smoking in most areas and providing abundant disposal locations where smoking is allowed. Regular employee beach clean up days allows our employees to make a difference in their environment and prevent pollution from entering the ocean.The environment is a big concern to Sea Pines Resort because of the vast amounts of wild spaces. The resort is home to marsh land, lagoons, coastal grasses and forest which all kinds of wildlife call home. Some of our more notable species are alligators, herons and shore birds, deer and fish such as red fish and tarpon which call our lagoon system home.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation.

No landscape assessments or surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • Audubon International

No ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
Alligator Alligator mississippiensis
Wood Stork Mycteria americana

This golf facility does not monitor any species as indicators of environmental quality.

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility does not feature any landscape designations.

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Acres) Designation
Native Woodland 145 Self Appointed


Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Acres) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 9.3 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Tees 10.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Fairways 75.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%
Semi Rough 135.0 Acres Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis 100%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These grasses have been cultivated for the extreme heat and humidity of this region. They are commonly used in the southeastern United States and are well adapted for golf course use.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 3 months

This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:

  • United States Golf Association Green Section
  • The Greenery (regional turfgrass consultant)
  • PGA Tour Agronomist

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc All of our turf grass areas are seasonally adjusted based on the weather conditions, different seasons of the year and the expectations of our golfing clients. We base our maintenance practices on soil samples and the time of year.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough We have signage on the courses explaining the naturalized turf areas and the ornamental grasses used to buffer the lagoons.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces We use our website, scorecards and other literature to promote our sustainable practices to our guests and golfers. Our pro shop staff is knowledgeable about our efforts.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance We try to educate our customers through our website and staff interaction about our upcoming greens maintenance practices and why they are necessary to the health of the grasses.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces We use our marketing and advertising efforts to keep the golfers informed on how our maintenance operations impact the environment and the playability of the golf courses.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture We do not overseed our roughs or the greens on the Heron Point Golf Course. Our naturalized areas provide some seasonal color and texture difference.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Our topography is very softly moving and does not allow use to use the slopes to contour the fairway mowing lines.
Protection and restoration of historic features We do not have any historic features within the golf course property.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture Our on-course signage and furniture is low-key and designed to blend into the course environment.
Conservation of specimen trees The Town of Hilton Head has a tree protection ordinance protecting a variety of specimen trees.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features What little man-made features we have are properly screened and landscaped.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass We have no amenity grasses.
Increasing the size of habitat patches In the past we have allowed areas to naturalize. This is reviewed on an annual basis.
Connection of internal habitat patches Where we have the ability we maintain the internal habitat patches as natural as possible.
Connection of patches with external habitats Some of our internal patches do connect with external habitats.
Creation of habitat corridors We have not created any additional habitat corridors at this time.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation We have avoided habitat fragmentation since the courses were originally built.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges We have incorporated native plants and grasses adjacent to many of our existing habitats

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland These are residential and resort golf courses and this has not been done.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation We do not maintain the scrub vegetation areas.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands We have installed different types of bird houses to increase the bird species. We incorporate shoreline vegetation as additional habitat areas. When we have to remove dead trees, we leave the main trunk erect to attract woodpeckers.
Establishment of littoral shelves and marginal vegetation in wetland areas Native Spartina grass and other shore plants are encouraged to grow along the banks of our lagoons to provide habitat and cover for birds, alligators and fish.
Maintenance of an appropriate balance of open water and aquatic vegetation Not done at this time.
Naturalization of linear habitats We allow naturalization of linear habitats where ever possible.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators We have a rookery on the Heron Point and Ocean golf courses for Snowy Egrets due to allowing the native vegetation to exist and grow. Occasionally we have honey bees create hives on the property that we allow to stay and we inform our guests not to disturb.
Installation of nest boxes W currently have over 95 nest boxes, 35 of them are on Harbour Town, 30 are on Heron Point and 30 are on Ocean Course with others around the resort. These boxes appeal primarily to Bluebirds and Purple Martins. bird populations have really expanded since their installation.
Provision of feeding tables None
Control / management of alien species We do not have any alien species of plants on the golf courses.
Provision of hibernation areas The only native species that hibernates here are alligators which build their nesting areas under the pond edges.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) We have various elongated and dead trees that provide habitat for wildlife. We have not created any man-made micro-habitats but we do allow natural ones to occur.


The golf courses and approximately half of the common areas are irrigated with effluent water. At the bakery on-property we capture water from a five ton air conditioner and irrigate flowers and herb gardens. There are approximately 7 dual flush toilets and most others are low flush. All common areas have rain sensors and staff monitors weather conditions to prevent over watering. Sensors and sprinklers are regularly maintained to maximize coverage and to prevent wasting water. Large portions of our courses are left as native vegetation to reduce the need for irrigation. All leaks are reported immediately and are treated as a high priority.

Sources & Consumption

No water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 3,620,847 Gallons
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 66,580,896 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,807,947 Gallons
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 4,780,553 Gallons
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 68,319,496 Gallons
Maintenance Facility/Facilities Public / Potable 100% 1,504,629 Gallons
2012 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Golf Course Treated Effluent 100% 86,751,080 Gallons

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Fairways Daily in season
Semi-Rough 2-3 days per week
Other 2-3 days per week

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 6 months

Upgraded every 15 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 3 months

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species We have selected grasses that grow the best in our region to avoid needing to irrigate during the day to cool, or require excessive amounts of nutrient inputs.
Soil decompaction and thatch management Vertical cutting is done when needed to reduce thatch buildup on the course. Aerfication is also done when it is needed.
Timing and dose of water application Weather is monitored to determine the best time and amount of irrigation needed. Irrigation begins at 8:00 pm and operates through the night.
Analysis of soil moisture A moisture meter is used to determine soil hydration.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data We take evapotranspiration rates into consideration with our irrigation applications. Weather data is monitored to avoid irrigating on rainy days and to know the amount of irrigation needed based on temperature and evaporation rates.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used to limit the amount of water needed.
Overall reduction in irrigated area We switched from full circle sprinkler heads to half circle heads to reduce over irrigation in areas that didn't need it. This reduced irrigated areas by 6 acres, reduced herbicide use and reduced mulch use while increasing play-ability.
Targeting of sprinkler heads The more precise sprinkler heads (part-circle and full-circle) have to be monitored and maintained more to ensure proper placement, but by avoiding over watering we have been able to reduce herbicides and decrease the amount of mulch lost to breaking down.
Optimizing system pressure Variable speed pumps have been installed at two of the three golf courses and the third one will have one installed in the next twelve months. The computer software monitors the pressure to keep it consistent.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology We use different nozzles based on each sprinkler head location.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Low flush and dual flush toilets are used through out the property.
Use of water efficient appliances N/A
Use of efficient shower technology Public showers are on timers and are low flow.
Repairing leaks Leaks are repaired in a timely manner. Areas are inspected at the meter on a regular basis.
Water awareness signage Drains that discharge in the ocean are labeled to prevent pollution.


Sea Pines Resort strives to be a leader among environmentally friendly golf destinations. we know there is always room for improvement so we frequently evaluate our resource use. We believe that with improvements to our processes and technological upgrades we will set the standard for what an environmentally friendly club should be.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Biogas (Gallons) 0 0 0
Biomass 0 0 0
First Generation Bio-Fuels (Gallons) 500 0 0
Hydrogen (Gallons) 0 0 0
On-site Hydro (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Solar (kWh) 0 0 0
On-site Wind (kWh) 0 0 0
Renewable Grid Electricity (kWh) 0 0 0
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Gallons) 0 0 0
Wood from sustainable sources 0 0 0

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2014 2013 2012
Coal 0 0 0
Diesel (Gallons) 23874 25288
Heating Oil (Gallons) 0 0 0
Hydraulic Oil (Gallons) 0 0 0
LPG (Gallons) 0 0 0
Natural Gas (Gallons) 0 0 0
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 357488 338638
Petrol (Gallons) 35947 38076
Propane / Butane (Gallons) 0 0 0
Wood from unsustainable sources 0 0 0

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply N/A
Installation of small scale wind turbine N/A
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels We utilize solar panels in a few small projects such as running water pumps.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources N/A
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) N/A
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol N/A
Use of electric hybrid vehicles N/A
Use of recycled oils N/A

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems Both of our club houses have brand new high efficiency HVAC systems.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration Both of our clubhouses new HVAC systems have the latest technology in monitoring and efficiency controls. Automated control system monitors outside weather conditions and room use to adjust equipment functions.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities All of our shop buildings utilize garage doors to allow natural ventilation when outside conditions are ideal.
Upgrading of building insulation All of our buildings are insulated and most have been upgraded to spray foam insulation that reduces electricity use.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) N/A
Installation of low-energy lighting We are in the process of replacing all of our lighting to LED bulbs, and adding motion sensors to turn off unneeded lighting
Use of motion sensor lighting We utilize motion sensing lighting in some applications but not all.
Transition to energy efficient appliances Our office appliances are energy star efficiency models.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Our HVAC systems are on automated optimization timing controls that take in to consideration factors such as occupancy, exterior weather conditions and humidity. Most of our lighting in public spaces are set to timers or light sensors to avoid over use.
Educating staff and customers all of our staff undergoes an orientation presentation that teaches them about our resource use and we teach them to tell customers about our goals and achievements.

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 50% 100% 100%
Grid Electric 50%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100%
Grid Electric 100%
Hybrid 0% 0% 0%
Hydrogen 0% 0% 0%

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Our intern staff are provided group taxi rides to work at scheduled times.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Our trolley routes are available to public and employees. These run year-round.
Secure cycle parking We are an extremely bike friendly property with abundant cycle parking and the ability to rent bicycles on property.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables Sea Pines Resort offers public transportation in the form of trolleys routes. routes are run year round with 3 routes in season and 1 route in the off season. Our trolley system even has a website and app that tracks where the trolleys are in real time to make it easier to utilize the trolley routes.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) employees have access to lockers in break rooms. The public have locker rooms in both of our clubhouses.
Staff showers Maintenance employees have showers available to them.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling N/A
Promotion of walk to work campaigns N/A

Supply Chain

The Sea Pines Resort consists of 3 golf courses, 2 clubhouses, several conference centers, a sixty room Inn, along with multiple lodging and dining facilities. All of these locations require a continuous supply of materials, so we have developed multiple techniques to limit our impact to the environment. Following the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle guidelines we first try to limit the amount of materials needed. since reducing the amount of materials needed isn't always possible we try to reduce the packaging the material comes in. along with ordering sustainable packaged products we try to order local goods that wont require long distance shipping. our food scraps and other various small goods are collected in buckets that have been reused.we also reuse all grass clippings are trimmings that come off the course and landscaping by grinding this waste up it can be reused as mulch. Food scraps from our clubhouses and restaurants are composted or feed to worms to create nutrient dense worm castings which are added to herb and flower gardens. Sea Pines works closely with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources which cleans and replants oyster shells recycled by Sea Pines Resort facilities. The Sea Pines Resort is a member of the Carolina Recycling Association,we have a very large and in depth recycling program in which all common recycled goods are recycled. Public education about recycling opportunities is very important to Sea Pines so we often have a representative speak at community events, schools and business events. The Sea Pines Resorts sustainability/recycling efforts have been acknowledged by several magazine articles and green awards.

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source We reduce waste at the source in our kitchens by taking all food scraps and composting or using vermiculture to reduce food trash waste. our administrative building does not have disposable coffee cups, reusable cups are required.
Use of local suppliers Most of our suppliers are local suppliers.
Use of local products our resort uses a lot of local products to enhance the resort and provide our guests with a true low country experience on and off the golf course.
Selection of certified products None
Use of recycled and recyclable products Through agreements with our vendors nearly all of the products we purchase are recyclable and are shipped in recyclable packaging to ensure we produce the least amount of landfill waste possible.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging Worked with one supplier who would "double box" smaller items and they have agreed to use only one box. The same supplier has eliminated the use of styrofoam peanuts when shipped form their location.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Miles Total number of suppliers within 100 Miles
Food & Beverage 75 10
Catering Supplies 25 5
Retail 5 2
Trade & Contractors 25 7
Maintenance Equipment 4 2
Course Supplies 8 2 4

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses We evaluate all our turf and select the most durable product to reduce continual management with chemicals and fertilizers.
Managing stress and wear Stress and wear is managed by adjusting turf height based on visual clues, cutting level/frequency, cart rules, tee times and the daily number of players can be adjusted based on the need. We use ropes and posts to control cart traffic wear and compaction.
Enhancement of soil structure We add compost (from our restaurants composting activity) and worm casting in our landscape plant beds where we are evaluating the performance.
Optimization of the growing environment All of our maintenance practices are geared toward providing the best growing conditions for our turf grasses.
Managing thatch levels We manage thatch levels by vertically cutting and aerating our turf as needed.
Managing surface moisture We utilize moisture meters to determine saturation levels and to adjust irrigation to prevent over watering.
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Thresholds for pests and disease are based on visually observations and seasonal changes.
Scouting for pests and diseases Employees are trained to look for signs of pests and disease during all of their daily activities.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health We monitor our turf quality on a daily basis and strive to obtain optimal plant health.

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - K - Inorganic 6
Fairways - K - Organic 0
Fairways - N - Inorganic 6
Fairways - N - Organic 0
Fairways - P - Inorganic 2
Fairways - P - Organic 0
Greens - K - Inorganic 2
Greens - K - Organic 6
Greens - N - Inorganic 2
Greens - N - Organic 6
Greens - P - Inorganic 1
Greens - P - Organic 1
Rough - K - Inorganic 6
Rough - K - Organic 0
Rough - N - Inorganic 6
Rough - N - Organic 0
Rough - P - Inorganic 2
Rough - P - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - K - Inorganic 6
Semi-Rough - K - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - N - Inorganic 6
Semi-Rough - N - Organic 0
Semi-Rough - P - Inorganic 2
Semi-Rough - P - Organic 0
Tees - K - Inorganic 5
Tees - K - Organic 0
Tees - N - Inorganic 5
Tees - N - Organic 0
Tees - P - Inorganic 2
Tees - P - Organic 0

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (lb):

2014 2013 2012
Fairways - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Total Weight 0
Fairways - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Fairways - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.83
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.5
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2
Fairways - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 5
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 4.5
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 4
Greens - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 8.33
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 16.66
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 3
Greens - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 0
Greens - Herbicide - Total Weight 0
Greens - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 0
Greens - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 4
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 4.5
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 8
Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0
Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0
Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 200
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 10000
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.83
Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 4.5
Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 5
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Total Weight 0
Semi-Rough - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 200
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 10000
Semi-Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 1.83
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Total Weight 4.5
Semi-Rough - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 5
Tees - Fungicide - Active Ingredient 0
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 0
Tees - Herbicide - Active Ingredient 1.83
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.5
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2
Tees - Insecticide - Active Ingredient 5
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 5.5
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 5

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products All of the pesticides used on the courses are based on the smallest level of toxicity and break down quickly after application.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases All produces used are pest and disease specific.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers We spot treat with handheld sprayers.
Calibration and testing of sprayers We calibrate our sprayers on a bi-weekly basis. All spray equipment is computerized.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles We use shrouds and anti-drip nozzles on all sprayers.
Non-chemical weed control We use physical removal of weeds where possible.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. We use humates and organic nitrogen and minor elements (organic) to improve plant health and resistance.

Waste Management

The following waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Sea Pines waste log Mike Bennett 2015/08/14 Download
Sea Pines Detailed Waste Log Mike Bennett 2015/08/14 Download
Sea Pines Waste Log 2014 Mike Bennet 2015/08/14 Download

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings true false false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber true false false false

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Recycled materials are put into 12 categories; Mixed Recycling (plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum), Cardboard, Food Wastes, Batteries, Flourescent Bulbs, Yard Debris/Grass Clippings, Oyster Shells, Scrap Metal, Pallets, Cooking Oil, E-waste and Furniture.
Establishment of recycling centers Sea Pines Facilities Staff and Tenants have access to eight Recycling Centers, each collect at a minimum mixed recycling and cardboard. The except able materials at each location is based on demand, logistics and available space.Residents also have access to a recycling center two days a week.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways Clipping are not collected when cut
Education of staff and customer education Educational materials are provided on our website and electronic information board at our public recycling center. Waste logs and measurements are posted monthly. Employees are taught about our recycling practices and their role in the new hire orientation everyone must go through.
Waste awareness campaigns Sea Pines is an annual supporter and participant of Earth Day and encourages employees and the community to participate as well. Sea Pines hosted the International Sustainability in Golf Conference in 2014 and 2013. Our public recycling center has an electronic information board that shows recycling statistics.
Recycling Program The Sea Pines Resort recycled over 400 tons of recyclable materials in 2014. We have steadily increased this amount yearly by increasing awareness and improving processes. We are projecting over 500 tons of recycling in 2015.
The Sea Pines Resort Oyster Recycling Program we work with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to recycle oyster shells. Shells are collected at our restaurants then transported to a SCDNR site to be cleaned and quarantined for 6 months before the shells are placed in the environment to become the base for new oyster growth.

Pollution Control

Sea Pines Resort offers breathtaking coastal scenery abundant with wildlife and heritage. In order to keep our pristine beaches clean and our wildlife safe we utilize methods of pollution prevention. Our employees are trained to handle materials, accurately apply chemicals when needed and even to pick up trash when they find it. We often have beach clean up days where we invite everyone in the company to mingle and cruise the beach picking up any waste that has washed up on our shores. all applicators of chemicals are certified through DHEC and trained to ensure the correct amount of treatments are applied in the right areas to avoid over spraying. The whole community and surrounding area participates in light pollution prevention. light next to the ocean are dim and of certain colors and roads are sparsely lit. this helps keep Sea turtles coming back to our shores to lay eggs year after year.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Daily Daily Daily
On-Site Weekly Weekly Daily
Outflow Monthly Monthly Monthly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course On-Site Treatment Plant Yes
Clubhouse On-Site Treatment Plant Yes
Maintenance Facility On-Site Treatment Plant Yes
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator No

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true false
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true false
Fertiliser Bags true false
Oil Filters true true
Batteries true true

Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas This is performed in areas mostly under cover on impervious surfaces and monitored daily. There are spill response kits at 3 locations to improve response time.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas This equipment is maintained on impervious surfaces which are monitored daily for leaks. Any leaks or discharge is addressed immediately.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas All large scale spray equipment for pesticides are mixed in a covered area. We not mix any fertilizers.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces All large scale spray equipment for pesticides are mixed over impervious surfaces. We do not mix any fertilizers.
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks All tanks are above ground.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel All fuel tanks have secondary wall for containment.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials Spill response kits which contain absorbent materials are on site at three locations.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs We monitor weather conditions before applying all pesticides and fertilizers.
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies All of our courses have established vegetative buffers around all water bodies.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan In progress.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge Except for occasional construction activities, all of our surfaces are established with grass and other vegetation to prevent erosion. Landscape and construction debris are controlled with fencing and close monitoring to ensure water quality in lagoons.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Areas near waterways and nesting bird sites are maintained as pesticide free zones.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off The golf courses use grassed swales to slow down water and encourage infiltration to the aquifer prior to runoff.


Sea Pines is very involved in the community of Hilton Head Island. As the areas largest employer it is important to us to have a good relationship with the town and surrounding area. We employee a large number of interns who help us provide great service and allow us an opportunity to teach job skills.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 10 10
Course Management 60 10
Food & Beverage 19 10 45
Golf Coaching 7 6 1
Retail & Leisure 4 1 3
Caddies 3 69 3

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Course Manager
  • Committee Members
  • Technical Specialist

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees who handle these chemicals are educated by their supervisor. All pesticide applicators are licensed by the State and have required continuing education.
Efficient water management Employees are trained in the proper use of the irrigation system and to conserve water.
Management of accidents and emergencies We have a Training Manager that handles safety and emergency training for employees so they know the proper procedures to follow with accidents and emergencies.
Management of habitats and vegetation Our golf maintenance staff is responsible for the management or habitats and vegetated areas.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling Facilities management teaches employees about waste minimization, separation and recycling in their new hire orientation. We have a video presentation at one of the recycling centers that provides education on recycling.
Health & Safety Health and safety is taught in new hire orientation, on the job training and numerous educational posters.
Energy Saving Employees learn about energy saving through orientation and on the job training.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage Cultural heritage is taught during a trolley tour section of employee orientation and in our communities Activities Guide.
Environmental management planning We have continuing planning efforts to improve our environmental activities and education.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Neighbours We have a hosted a community walk through the golf course highlighting the efforts made to protect and enhance the natural environment and raising funds for the American Diabetes Association. We also have a bike path through the golf courses that expose our neighbors to our natural environment.
Local Government Local government is involved with tree and wetland protection and we follow their guidelines.
Local Environmental Groups Local bird watching groups help us monitor our bird boxes and populations. Sea Pines has been a supporter of local educational presentations and the Director of Facility Maintenance has presented at the Sustainability in Golf conference, which was hosted by The Sea Pines Resort. The Director of Facility Services presents at various conferences and is a member of The Carolina Recycling Association.
Local Community Groups No involvement.
Media We prepare occasional press releases and other media publications to inform the local community of our environmental activities.
Local Businesses No involvement.
Schools & Colleges Sea Pines employs around 200 interns a year and 80% are international interns learning job skills and about our culture as a country and a company. The 20% of domestic college students are learning job/management skills while also learning about our unique environment.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility provides access and diversified land use for others through:

Activity Description
Maintenance of existing public paths Our paths are open to the public after 7PM and before 7AM for those who want to go for a bike ride, jog, or take their dog for a walk. Our extensive network of trails allows cyclist to easily access any part of the resort.
Creation of new paths and nature trails We have previously created new paths and nature trails as part of our courses.
Installation of effective and welcoming signage Sea Pines Resort has a lot of effective low-key signage leading up to our courses.
Providing opportunities for other recreation (e.g. fishing) Our courses have fishing and bird watching opportunities.
Partnership conservation and access projects (e.g. community woodland) Not at this time.
Continuation of traditional agricultural activities Not at this time.

No archaeological or heritage surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility does not consult any organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to conserve cultural heritage features:

Activity Description
Buildings (Listed Buildings / Ancient Monuments etc) None.
Archaeology (Settlements / Agricultural System etc) None.
Historic Features (Hedgerows / Dykes / Moats / Cairns etc) None.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display We have a periodic newsletter to all employees and bulletin boards at all employee break rooms.
Members evenings and course walks Members and guests are welcome to access the golf course after golfing hours.
Course guides / brochures Each course has a course guide and yardage books.
Interpretation panels & course signage None.
Establishment of a nature trail None.

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures We use our website, press releases and brochures to inform the public of our social and environmental activities.
Supporting campaigns None.
Course walks / open days We do not have any organized walks or open days but the public is welcome to access the golf courses after 7PM in the evenings.
Attending community meetings Our course superintendents occasional give talks about the courses to local community groups.
Joint practical projects with community We have key personnel involved with an island-wide "Baseline Sustainability Assessment" that includes our golf courses.